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Nigeria National Identity Card With A Mastercard Logo The Vintage Of Slavery History Is Forever Repeating .Shame!

Posted by The Reunion Black Family on August 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

MasterCard Power Nigerian Identity Card Program


President Goodluck Jonathan Nigeria national identity card with a "Mastercard"  logo amounts to commercialization of our national insignia;its reminiscent of the logos of transatlantic slave trading companies,pasted on the bodies of Africans while they set forth for a cruel and dangerous journey across the oceans...


“... the vintage of history is forever repeating ~ same old vines, same old wines!”

Some Major Corporations that Finance and Profited from Slavery.


The enslavement of African people in the Americas by the nations and peoples of Western Europe, created the economic engine that funded modern capitalism. Therefore it comes as no surprise that most of the major corporations that were founded by Western European and American merchants prior to roughly 100 years ago, benefited directly from slavery.


N M Rothschild & Sons Bank in London was linked to slavery. The company that was one of the biggest names in the City of London had previously undisclosed links to slavery in the British colonies. Documents seen by the Financial Times have revealed that Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the banking family’s 19th-century patriarch, made his first personal gains by using enslaved Africans as collateral in dealings with a slave owner...MASTERCARD OWNER


According to reports, FleetBoston evolved from an earlier financial institution, Providence Bank, founded by John Brown who was a slave trader and owned ships used to transport enslaved Africans.

The bank financed Brown’s slave voyages and profited from them. Brown even reportedly helped charter what became Brown University.


Brown Brothers Harriman is the oldest and largest private investment bank and securities firm in the United States, founded in 1818. USA Today found that the New York merchant bank of James and William Brown, currently known as Brown Bros. Harriman owned hundreds of enslaved Africans and financed the cotton economy by lending millions to southern planters, merchants and cotton brokers.MASTERCARD SHARE HOLDER


Brooks Brothers, the high end suit retailer got their start selling slave clothing to various slave traders back in the 1800s. What a way to get rich in the immoral slave industry!


Barclays, the British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London, United Kingdom has now conceded that companies it bought over the years may have been involved in the slave trade.MASTERCARD SHARE HOLDER


Lehman Brothers, whose business empire started in the slave trade, recently admitted their part in the business of slavery.

According to the Sun Times, the financial services firm acknowledged recently that its founding partners owned not one, but several enslaved Africans during the Civil War era and that, “in all likelihood,” it “profited significantly” from slavery.

“This is a sad part of our heritage …We’re deeply apologetic … It was a terrible thing … There’s no one sitting in the United States in the year 2005, hopefully, who would ever, in a million years, defend the practice,” said Joe Polizzotto, general counsel of Lehman Brothers.MASTERCARD SHARE HOLDER


Aetna, Inc., the United States’ largest health insurer, apologized for selling policies in the 1850s that reimbursed slave owners for financial losses when the enslaved Africans they owned died.

“Aetna has long acknowledged that for several years shortly after its founding in 1853 that the company may have insured the lives of slaves,” said Aetna spokesman Fred Laberge in 2002. “We express our deep regret over any participation at all in this deplorable practice.” MASTERCARD SHARE HOLDER


JPMorgan Chase recently admitted their company’s links to slavery.

“Today, we are reporting that this research found that, between 1831 and 1865, two of our predecessor banks—Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana—accepted approximately 13,000 enslaved individuals as collateral on loans and took ownership of approximately 1,250 of them when the plantation owners defaulted on the loans,” the company wrote in a statement...JPMorgan Largest MASTERCARD SHARE HOLDER


New York Life Insurance Company is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States. They also took part in slavery by selling insurance policies on enslaved Africans.

According to USA Today, evidence of 10 more New York Life slave policies comes from an 1847 account book kept by the company’s Natchez, Miss. agent, W.A. Britton. The book, part of a collection at Louisiana State University, contains Britton’s notes on slave policies he wrote for amounts ranging from $375 to $600. A 1906 history of New York Life says 339 of the company’s first 1,000 policies were written on the lives of slaves.

Nigerians expressed shock and fury Thursday at how the Nigerian Government, through the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, would surrender a symbol of national sovereignty and pride to a foreign commercial organisation by not only sharing the biometrics of 170 million Nigerian to the firm but by also allowing the firm to boldly engrave its insignia on the IDs.

Many Nigerians raised the alarm over the implications of the agreement in an age that has seen intense data surveillance by the National Security Agency of the United States of America, Mastercard’s home country. One commentator said allowing MasterCard’s emblem on the Nigerian National ID Card could only compare to the trans-Atlantic slave trade abolished in the nineteenth century.

“The new ID card with a MasterCard logo does not represent an identity of a Nigerian. It simply represents a stamped ownership of a Nigerian by an American company,” said Shehu Sani of the Civil Rights Congress. “It is reminiscent of the logo pasted on the bodies of African salves transported across the Atlantic.” 

Few Questions that need answers;


1 - Why is the FGN so desperate to produce an IDC without giving preference to National security? Don't they know that war in this age, than ever before, are won with information?


2 - Why must the logo of a Business (Non-Governmental and Non-Nigerian) entity be on the Nigeria NATIONAL ID Card for that matter?


3 - Why do Nigeria have to indirectly and continuously advertise for this company? Is the company not being paid for the contract?


4 - Where are these cards being produced, Nigeria or US? How many jobs are created for Nigerians as a result of this contract?


5 - Are we really sure that somebody in Government is not seriously benefiting from this contract to have gone to the extent of indirectly trading Nigeria sovereignty/security for selfish interest?


It's a shame that our people trusted with authority could not see, or decided to ignore, the big picture. As much as the success of having the ID cards produced is laudable, the stain in its outcome is too conspicuously irritating to be ignored. It has to be reversed or else the whole project would end up being a waste of resources because it CANNOT stand the test of time.

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Reply abdul
3:48 AM on August 31, 2014 
The leaders no get sence or no like people?
Reply Sharon Morgan
6:27 AM on September 16, 2014 
History does have a habit of repeating itself, but with education, technology and the learning from experience, one would have hoped that President Goodluck would have thought long and hard before selling Nigeria out to the beneficiaries of slavery yet again.
Reply Sharon Morgan
6:34 AM on September 16, 2014 
If our Late Great leader of the African Union, Muammar Gaddafi, was still around, this would not have happened. The African Union would have had its own bank and able to promote itself.
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